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right now. including that so-called fiscal cliff. only seven hours until the ball drops for new year's. and seven hours till the united states formally goes over that fiscal cliff. a still combative president obama says an agreement is in sight and the senate leader mitch mcconnell says it's close as well. house republicans have decided they will not vote until after taxes have already gone up. they're supposed to go up after midnight. we have complete coverage of this breaking news story as well. let's begin this hour with our senior congressional correspondent dana bash. as we've been saying, we are going over the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: technically, that is true. house has decided that there's no point, from the perspective of republicans who run the house, to stay tonight, because the plan over the past two, three days, has been for the senate, which is down the hall behind me, tore vote on any kind of deal first, and then send it to the house. the senate isn't there yet. they're very close. but close doesn't give a bill to the people who need to write it and put it on the flo
as president obama and republicans stare down the fiscal cliff deadline. >>> plus, a new worry for hundreds of american families who want to adopt. we'll tell you what is behind the controversial move by russian lawmakers. >>> and a new exposes what it calls the gun next door. is it a way to protect communities against gun violence? welcome to united states and around the world, wolf blitzer is off. i'm candy crowley. you're in "the situation room." >>> washington is a deadline-oriented city, and this coming week brings one that is a real doozy, billions in tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts take effect. it forces members of congress and president obama to spend the last few days of 2012 on the job. we want to bring in cnn chief white house correspondent, jessica yelen, we all know they would rather celebrate new year's eve elsewhere. how did they get here? >> reporter: it is such a good question, you know, candy, this grid lock in washington creates the eye-rolling. but the fundamental question goes to the essential differences between the two parties about the role of govern
'll talk to you later, jess, thanks. we are seeing senate leaders take new initiative in the fiscal cliff standoff after their talks with the president. harry reid and mitch mcconnell talked about the meeting and the tough work ahead. >> i think it was a very positive meeting. there was not a lot of hilarity in the meeting. everyone knows how important it is. it was a very serious meeting and it took an extended period of time, as you all know, waiting for us. >> mr. president, i would just add -- i share the view of the majority leader. we had a good meeting down at the white house. we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house, in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation that i can make to my conference and the majority leader can make to his conference. and so we'll be working hard to try to see if we can get there in the next 24 hours. so i'm hopeful and optimistic. >> let's bring in cnn's senior political analyst, ron brownstein, editorial director of "the national journal." i'm not sure where to begin here. i
the fiscal cliff. why? after january 1st, when everyone's taxes go up, the new congress sworn this on january 3rd could vote to cut taxes. a much easier vote to cast for republicans as well as some democrats. as for the president, is he nhe scheduled to leave his family tonight, come back to washington tomorrow morning, in the hopes of helping his fellow democrats try to find enough republicans to pass his plan. but of course this goes without saying that was a plan that most if not all republicans campaigned very strongly against. >> the most likely scenario is actually did go off the cliff now. ryan liza is our correspondent from washington. you look at this and we're hearing echos of the past. the republican speaker from the house of representatives said, and i have it here somewhere, i don't want to be critical of john, meaning john boehner, but if you don't ever bring something to the floor without the votes. so this is what happened last thursday night where he brought this bill to the floor, his plan b, and it went nowhere. was that a major miscalculation for him? >> it was. look, denn
." >>> on the surface, you might think there's new movement toward avoiding the fiscal cliff that starts making an impact just five days from now. president obama is back in washington and plans to meet with congressional leaders tomorrow. and house members have been told to return to the capital sunday. but there's still no evidence this standoff is anywhere close to being resolved. here's our cnn senior congressional correspondent, dana bash. >> reporter: and candy, you know that even speaks to what is going on here, which is virtually nothing. jessica yellin reported in the last hour that our ted barrett, our senate producer, saw harry reid go into mitch mcconnell's office. well, it turns out that reid walked back out, and told ted barrett that they did not talk about the fiscal cliff at all. that sort of defies logic, but so it goes, that's what he said. and it sort of speaks to the warning that i got earlier this week, which is that most people here think that if anything is going to get done before the fiscal cliff deadline, that it won't happen until the pressure is on, on or around dece
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